Basic Giblet Gravy Recipe

Basic Giblet Gravy
Linda Zimmerman


  • Drippings from cooked turkey in roasting pan (as directed below)
  • 1/3 cup fat from turkey drippings (as directed below)
  • 4 cups Turkey Giblet Broth, or store-bought version
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour or Wondra
  • Chopped neck and giblets from Turkey Giblet Broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

If the broth and giblets were prepared in advance, bring them to room temperature before making the gravy.  If you’re using a brined turkey, please taste the gravy before adding any additional salt.

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Remove cooked turkey and rack from the roasting pan. Pour the turkey drippings into a medium-sized bowl or a 4-cup measuring or gravy skimmer cup. Let the mixture settle, allowing the fat to rise and separate. Skim off 1/3 cup fat from drippings and pour into a 2-quart saucepan. Set aside. Skim and discard remaining fat from drippings.

Deglaze the turkey pan: Place pan on 2 burners, pour in 1 cup of Turkey Giblet Broth, and cook over medium heat, gently loosening and scraping all the crusty, browned bits at bottom of the pan. When liquid starts to simmer, remove from heat and pour mixture into the skimmed turkey drippings. Add enough turkey broth to the bowl with the turkey drippings to equal 3 cups total.

Add flour to saucepan with fat. Over medium heat, whisk mixture until very smooth and a light golden color, about 3 to 4 minutes. Slowly pour 1 cup of the turkey broth/drippings mixture into pan, whisking until thoroughly combined. Add 2 more cups of broth to pan, continue cooking and stirring for several minutes, until the gravy simmers around edges of the pan, begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon. Stir reserved chopped neck and giblets into gravy and heat an additional minute or two. If gravy is too thick, add more liquid to achieve desired consistency. Season to taste, pour into gravy boat and serve immediately. Gravy will thicken as it cools.


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Calories per serving:

430 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 102g 157%
  • Carbs 35g 12%
  • Saturated 30g 148%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 37g
  • Polyunsaturated 25g
  • Protein 154g 308%
  • Cholesterol 1,905mg 635%
  • Sodium 1,461mg 61%
  • Calcium 170mg 17%
  • Magnesium 194mg 48%
  • Potassium 1,592mg 45%
  • Iron 33mg 186%
  • Zinc 21mg 143%
  • Phosphorus 1,607mg 230%
  • Vitamin A 19,263µg 2,140%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 4%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 78%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 8mg 447%
  • Niacin (B3) 65mg 324%
  • Vitamin B6 5mg 229%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,711µg 428%
  • Vitamin B12 66µg 1,095%
  • Vitamin D 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin K 19µg 24%
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